Book 3, First to Fight
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I knew falling in love with him was bad for us both, but I did it anyway.
For a brief moment, we had it all. Even though he was leaving to join the Marines and I had four years of college ahead of me, he was everything I ever wanted and didn't think I deserved.
But real life has a way of dashing dreams—and that happy future we envisioned together? It disappeared at the hands of a monster.
Ten years have passed and I'm not the same naïve girl that believed in happily-ever-afters. When unforseen events draw me back to our hometown and I find myself caring for my two teenage brothers, the last thing on my mind should be reconnecting with the hottie-turned-hero who I loved at seventeen.
As the past begins to repeat itself and old threats resurface, I'll have to trust him with the secrets that tore us apart if I want a second chance at his heart.
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tremendously remarkable story
Survivor is a tremendously remarkable story of the power and the resiliency of the human spirit. Many things in this life can try to break us, and while they may succeed in fracturing a part of our soul, only we can allow ourselves to truly crumble under the overwhelming weight. What we find more often than not is a reason to rebuild the shattered parts of our heart. Whether that comes in the form of family, friends, or the grace of a stranger is inconsequential when they have the power to save a life. Can you think of anything more wonderful and empowering then to know that you can breathe life and hope into another human being just by merely offering them some love and grace?! If that doesn’t give you a reason to keep putting one foot in front of the other, then I don’t know what will.
Jack was certain of one thing above all else – he loved Sophie. His heart was drawn to her like nothing and no one else in his life. She embodied the beauty, hope, and joy of his life, and he would do whatever he could to keep her by his side. In his heart he knew she loved him just as much as he loved her until she didn’t. One day changed the course of his life, and he was never able to find out why. His heart walked away from him, and he was left hurt and broken. When she returns to take care of her brothers, Jack has a decision to make. Will he fight for what he lost and wants most, or will he walk away this time never to return? Jack and Sophie ripped my heart apart and then carefully and beautifully put it back together. The intense emotions and the wondrous feelings that flow throughout this story brought me to my knees.
The power of these characters to touch my very soul was unprecedented, and I found myself completely captivated by them. Reading this story in one sitting was mandatory because I just couldn’t pull myself away from the suspense, the danger, and the passion that threatened to rip me in half. Jack and Sophie were born to complete the other. Their connection was all consuming, unapologetically passionate, and beautifully uplifting. Jack was a wonderful insightful man who understood the importance of listening, loving, and accepting those things that he couldn’t change while moving mountains to show his devotion, passion, and determination in order to win back the heart of the only woman who would ever be his.
Nicole Blanchard continues to write with an exquisitely masterful talent all the while upping her game with each incredible story that she brings to life. Her heart will not let her give us anything less the all that she is which is easily seen in each of her beautiful characters. These stories never fail to leave me completely breathless with wonder and full of boundless appreciation for being blessed by them. I am left better for having experienced a small glimpse of the beauty and wonder that is Nicole Blanchard.
This series just keeps getting better!!
When Sofie left town 10 years ago, she left her family and Jack with no explanation. She was running, hiding from something. But now she is faced with family responsibilities she cannot ignore. Will she come back and face her family and Jack? Will she be able to keep her secret? When her past collides with her present will Jack forgive her and care enough to save her from her demons? Or can too much time erase those deep seeded feelings?
Jack is the ultimate book boyfriend. He is tough and sexy with a body only an ex-marine who now owns a gym can have. But under his tough exterior lies a tender man who’s sense of loyalty runs deep. He will do anything for those he cares about. I mean, who wouldn’t want a man like that in their life?
Sofie has learned to take care of herself. She is smart and savvy, and works hart to make sure her vulnerable side stays well hidden. She has been hurt in the past and has decided that no one will hurt her that way again. She has built up walls to protect herself.
This book has all the emotions. I laughed, cried, was on the edge of my seat, felt frustrated and sighed more than a few times over Jack. The twists in this book were amazing. There were definitely things I did not see coming.
This is the second book in the First to Fight series, and each book just keeps getting better. Nicole Blanchard has created in this series men who are tough but tender, have a sense of loyalty and are not afraid to show when they care about someone. The women are tough as well. They can take care of themselves, but are so much better when they give their hearts to the men who love them.
I absolutely love this series and cannot wait for Savior, book 3 to come out to hear Logan’s story.
Another 5-star story from Nicole Blanchard.
Can you survive
Two young people in love and planning for the future, then a tragedy happens that pulls them apart.
I loved that not only was this story told in dual POV but in past and present also. You will slowly learn what happened to tear Jack and Sophie apart. Will they get a second chance at love? This is a story of the will to survive and finding solace with family when you need to. Sophie ran from her life to protect her family and Jack but what will happen when she returned to take care of her brothers in the time of need. When her demons return will her family be hurt?
The characters were well written and you felt their feelings from love to pain. Ms. Blanchard did a great job of slowly revealing the past and what happens to Sophie. She also kept you on the edge of your seat waiting for the shoe to drop. I was always waiting for the demon to show up.
Great intense and emotional read.